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The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy's Future

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Why is America again unjustly at war? Why is its politics distorted by wedge issues like abortion and gay marriage? Why is anti-Semitism still so powerfully resurgent? Such contradictions within democracies arise from a patriarchal psychology still alive in our personal and political lives in tension with the equal voice that is the basis of democracy. This book joins a psychological approach with a political-theoretical one that traces both this psychology (based on loss in intimate life) and resistance to it (based on the love of equals) to the Roman Republic and Empire and to three Latin masterpieces: Virgil's Aeneid, Apuleius's The Golden Ass, and Augustine's Confessions. In addition, this book explains many other aspects of our present situation including why movements of ethical resistance are often accompanied by a freeing of sexuality and why we are witnessing an aggressive fundamentalism at home and abroad.

Author: Gilligan Carol
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781107672338
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2014

Introduction and overview
Part I. Roman Patriarchy: Entering the Heart of Darkness:
1. Why Rome? Why now?
2. Roman patriarchy and violence
3. Virgil on the darkness visible
4. Apuleius on conversion
5. Augustine on conversion
Part II. Resistance Across Time and Culture:
6. Resistance: religion
7. Resistance: psychology
8. Resistance: the artists
9. Resistance: politics
Part III. Democracy's Future:
10. The contemporary scene

Carol Gilligan is University Professor at New York University.

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